PINEVILLE -- After a phenomenal weekend that saw the Louisiana College baseball team sweep the #11 team in the country, the Wildcats were back at on Monday afternoon for a single game with Champion Christian College. The game was closer than expected through the first four innings but the Wildcats would put a seven spot on the board in the fifth and run away with the 13-3 win to extend their winning streak to 14 in a row.
RBI singles by both teams in the first inning got the scoring started early as Clayton Noakes brought home Christian Vandergrift for the Wildcats tying run. LC would move ahead in the bottom of the second with two more runs but left plenty more on the table at the end of the inning. After an RBI single from Ty Morgan made it 2-1, Keelyn Johnson drew a bases loaded, 1-out walk to make it 3-1. A fielder's choice on the force out at home and a fly ball to left ended the threat with just two runs across in the inning.
Champion would inch closer in the top of the fifth with a leadoff solo homerun to left center to make it a 3-2 game. The Wildcats would answer with a bomb of their own in the bottom of the inning as Noakes hit a 2-run shot to right to put LC up 5-2 just two batters into the inning. Dylan Keller hit an RBI double down the left field line that plated another run and Deauton Delgado added another on a sacrifice fly to deep center. A Vandergrift RBI single to right center and a 2-run single to left from Johnson made it a runaway game as LC took the 10-2 lead into the sixth.
Champion got just one run back in the sixth but the Wildcats would respond again as Konner James led off the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to left. Brady Atkins would bring in the 12thrun for the Wildcats later on a base hit to right. Playing with a 10-run rule enforcement after seven innings, the Wildcats would finish the game in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single up the middle by Ashton Martin.
The Wildcats used five pitchers in the game with Gerald Groue getting his first win of the season going 4.0 innings allowing two hits, one run, and striking out five. Six players had at least two hits in the game with Keller going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.
LC will return to American Southwest Conference play this weekend as they travel to LeTourneau University for a three game series in Longview, Texas.